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Deceptive Practices By Illegal Online Drug Sellers Give Consumers a False Sense of Legitimacy and Safety, Reports NABP
Date:7/26/2013

stated, "Many rogue Internet pharmacies seek to take advantage of this perception [of safe drugs obtained at an affordable price] by purporting to be located in Canada, or sell drugs manufactured or approved for sale in Canada, when they are actually located elsewhere or selling drugs sourced from other countries." Furthermore, some of the medicines being sold on these Web sites may be too strong, too weak, fake, expired, stolen, diluted, or impure.

As indicated in the report released today, NABP has reviewed more than 10,500 Web sites and the vast majority of sites (97%) were found to be operating out of compliance with US pharmacy laws and are listed as Not Recommended on NABP's consumer protection Web site, www.AWARErx.org. The 10,181 Internet drug outlets currently listed as Not Recommended are characterized as follows:

  • 4,935 offer foreign or non-Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs
  • 8,961 do not require a valid prescription
  • 2,372 have a physical address located outside of the US (most rogue sites post no address whatsoever)
  • 1,181 dispense controlled substances

The deceptive practices of illegal online drug sellers, combined with the prevalence of consumers buying prescription medicine online, underscore the need for consumer outreach. NABP, along with national and international groups including INTERPOL, GAO, FDA, and Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies, stresses patient education as a crucial factor in the public health equation.

To help consumers in the US find the safest sources for purchasing medicine online, NABP developed the VIPPS accreditation program. Consumers are encouraged to look for the VIPPS Seal on an accredited site and check NABP's list of accredited sites on its consumer protection Web site, 

SOURCE National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
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